Col. Phil Garrant is the Director, Space Superiority Systems Directorate at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. In this position, he directs and equips US forces with space control systems to gain, maintain, and exploit space superiority. He manages a multi-billion-dollar budget and leads a 350-person program office and 1,000-person industry team at multiple locations throughout the country to support operational systems worldwide. He directs the planning, development, testing, deployment and sustainment of a complex and dynamic portfolio of space-superiority capabilities of the highest national priority. Garrant earned his commission in 1991 from the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of Maryland. During his career, he has served in a variety of acquisition positions including Systems Engineer, Program Manager, Program Element Monitor, Squadron Commander, and Senior Materiel Leader. Garrant received a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from The John Hopkins University, a Master of Science in Systems Management from Capital College, a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from the Air Force Institution of Technology and a Master of Strategic Studies from Army War College.